I was just checking out Comedy Central’s Indecision 2008 blog and noticed this image accompanying a post about Stephen Colbert’s announcement that “he’s officially considering whether he will announce that he’s running for President of the United States” :
This is remarkably similar to my favorite bit of post-9/11 (unintentional) kitsch :
Even the comic brilliance of Colbert can’t compete with the real absurdity of the Bush years. If Stephen joins the Republicans in their YouTube debate, somebody should ask whether he joins George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Nancy Pelosi in praying for President Bush.
Speaking of Nancy Pelosi, I know it happened last week, but this whole “I pray for President Bush all the time” thing has been really grating at me. Take a look at the transcript :
WALLACE: You said the other day that you were praying for President Bush to change his mind about vetoing SCHIP. Do you pray for our soldiers to win in Iraq?
PELOSI: Of course I do.
WALLACE: To win?
PELOSI: Of course I do. Of course. What a question. First of all, I pray for President Bush all the time, and I–prayed especially hard that he would sign the…children’s health bill, because it’s so important to America’s children.
WALLACE: When you pray for President Bush, what do you pray for?
PELOSI: I pray that, that–well, at the same time as I pray for him, I pray for America’s children, and that there can be some compatibility in their thinking.
Aside from the fact that it stinks of the predictable Fox News bias, Pelosi and other Democrats are fools for even wading into the murky waters of “I’m religious too!!” political pandering. If Democrats want to be seen as religious without getting caught in rhetorical traps, they should acknowledge their beliefs and move on. If some Fox News douche wants to insist on asking religious questions, tell him that your “relationship with the Lord” is a personal matter and bust out some chapter & verse :
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
If you’re so religious, then heed the words of Jesus. The pundits and politicians who insist on mentioning their beliefs with every other breath, they’re the hypocrites. Are their embarrassing displays of zealotry really behavior that you want to emulate?